Manabu Chiba was born in Tokyo, and he received his architectural education at the University of Tokyo (BS Arch and M. Arch). He worked at Nihon Sekkei Inc. and Factor N Associates, as well as the campus planning office of the University of Tokyo and as an assistant to Prof. Tadao Ando. Chiba Manabu Architects was established in 2001. Between 2001 and 2013, Manabu Chiba was an associate professor at the University of Tokyo while being a guest professor at ETH Zurich from 2009 to 2010. In 2013, he became Professor in the Department of Architecture in the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. Since 2016 he has become Vice-President of the University of Tokyo.
His works include the award-winning Japan Guide Dog Center (2006) and Kogakuin University (2012). Otaki Town Hall (2012) won the Award of Merit at the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards.